Yet another excellent week of spring fishing on the Moy, with a total of 184 salmon reported. Grilse are also making an appearance in the catches, however, many of those reported remain in the double figures, with fish in excess of 19lbs reported for the week. The upper Moy Fisheries, in particular Cloongee and the East Mayo Anglers’ Association waters are accounting for the vast majority of catches. However, those fisheries in the lower beats have been producing more fish than of late.


The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water recorded10 fish for the week, while Knockmore had three, including one of 13.75lbs for Jimmy Geraghty. The Attymass water also had a few, as did Byrne’s, Armstrong’s and Gannon’s. At the Foxford Fishery Willie Behr recorded one of 11.5lbs on spinner, while at Rinanney three were reported.


The Cloongee Fishery yielded an impressive 48 salmon for the week, including two of 11lbs and 12lbs on bubble and fly for Thiery Colum, France. Fellow French angler Manuel Lacocquerie had a good week with four ranging from 7lbs to 11lbs on spinner, with Bernard Pinion, (also France) landing a cracking fish of approximately 20lbs.

Daniel Irvine captured this 12lbs beauty on fly at the East Mayo Anglers' water

However, it was the East Mayo Anglers’ water once again which out fished all other fisheries (although it has had an increased angling effort), with 90 salmon reported, 10 of which were released. Daniel Irvine had two nice fish on fly weighing 11.5lbs and 12lbs while Christian Sceiur, France had one of 12.75lbs on spinner. Visiting German anglers also enjoyed success at East Mayo, with Julies Goldberg, Andre Grossmann, and Rene Koenigs all landing salmon of 12lbs, 13lbs and 8lbs respectively.